March 7, 2011 Subject:
Do not waste your time. At all.
Awesome banter from Barber right off the bat. "How you doin? Snap into a Slim Jim...that's nice to see."
Sound is a B-.
MEMPHIS > Sabre Dance - Rather short first jam (maybe 3 minutes) with lots of Rock God Barber. Meh. Second jam is also pretty short (~4 minutes), and a perfect microcosm of 2003 4-on-the-floor jamming. Pretty uninspired and basically just killing time until the next track comes up. Sammy sounds like he is so bored this entire time, and while Barber has a couple cool riffs here and there, I don't think that Brownstein ever gets off the root note. About a minute before the transition Barber and Magner are playing some really glorious stuff but it's not enough to save this jam.
Hope - Standard.
Pilin' - Brownstein really drags out the beginning of the jam, laying on the Pilin' bassline for an eternity before he allows the band to get into any improv. The improv isn't great. Barber doesn't really seem to know what he wants to do, though Brownstein and Sammy hold down the DNB pretty well here. Nothing all that interesting in this jam.
Crix - The band seemed to have a pretty standard festival set in mind, so it's nice to see that they played a 20 minute standalone for the end of their set. The 1st jam here has Barber playing a lot of quick runs, but it's not really going anywhere for quite a while. Around the five minute mark, the band locks into a really tight groove, but Barber isn't doing a whole lot for me. Peak is very meh. Second jam starts out with Brownstein again dragging the song bassline into the improv. Pretty much the entire jam is ruined by Brownstein. Congrats, Marn. Awkward moment when the band launches into a sort of "3rd jam" that is actually the end of Crickets just played in a weird way.
Honestly, this show is not worth your time. There is a lot of garbage from 2003, and this is a perfect example of what NOT to listen to. 1 star. Bleh.